torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
1. The person who was sick since Saturday was back to work today, so things were definitely less hectic.

2. Day off tomorrow! I gotta do some stuff tomorrow, but can still sleep in.

3. I love the look on her face.

torachan: devil boy from sinfest holding a CD, looking like he's just been in an explosion, with the text "smokin" (smokin')
1. People called out sick again today and it was kind of hectic, but I still only had to stay an hour or so late.

2. I got a decent amount of translating done tonight after work. I'm really excited about how much manga I'm going to be posting this month. :D

3. I stopped at McDonald's for dinner and the fries were hot and fresh! (That's really what I was jonesing for, so it would have been disappointing if they weren't, but I was also braced for disappointment because I feel like about nine times out of ten, whenever I get fries from any fast food place, they're always the last dregs of the old batch.)

4. Chloe face!

torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
1. Today was really chilly and overcast, and sitting at my desk with my electric blanket on just made me sleepy and I didn't do anything for most of the morning and early afternoon, which was bumming me out because I really wanted to get a lot of translating done, but I had a total turn-around this evening and ended up translating a whole lot, including finishing up three chapters of various series.

2. I was really not feeling like making dinner, and was considering actually going out to get food, but I neither wanted to get dressed nor spend money (and none of the ordering-in options sounded appealing, either), so I ended up making dinner after all and it was delicious! I made fried rice, so now I have a bunch left for more dinners, too.

3. The kitties were so cute today. Just so incredibly cute. They were curled up together on the sofa all afternoon, and every time I went out there, they were still curled up together, but in a slightly different pose, so I got so many pics of them being sweetie cuddlers. :D

torachan: a cartoon kitten with a surprised/happy expression (chii)
1. Had another long day at work and ended up staying until closing because someone called out sick, but I did get everything done that needed to (urgently) get done, including the timecard stuff, so yay. And now tomorrow I can just relax and enjoy my day off.

2. There was a bunch of packing paper in the boxes that came yeterday, that kind that's all one long roll of crumpled brown paper. I left a huge pile of it out in the living room for the kitties and they have been having so much fun playing in it.

3. I have this small electric blanket that my mom got me for Christmas several years ago and at first I was like, man, I don't think I'm really going to use an electric blanket, but it turned out it was perfect for using at my desk. I've been getting a lot of use out of it the past few days.

4. I managed to snap a shot of Molly just as she was opening her mouth to take a bite of the recycling bag.

torachan: nepeta from homestuck (nepeta)
1. It was super busy at work today, plus we were short some people, so I ended up staying until closing and basically running around all day stocking stuff and not getting anything else done. :p However, the thing I had been planning on doing today, correcting people's missed timeclock punches for the end of the pay period, is not due until Monday morning, so I should be able to get that finished up tomorrow instead. (And if worst comes to worst, I actually can access the timeclock software from home, so I could even do it tomorrow night after work.)

2. I had a big bowl of ramen for dinner and that was the perfect thing on a chilly night.

3. The stuff Carla shipped back from her folks' all arrived safely today (including a glass bird statue that has a lot of sentimental value and would be irreplaceable).

4. The cats were super noisy and hyper this morning, but I managed to ignore them after I fed them and went back to sleep for several hours. (And then when I woke up again, they were curled up in the bed next to me so angelically.)

And here's an angelic Chloe napping the other day:

torachan: aradia from homestuck (aradia)
1. I stopped at the store on the way home tonight, totally not planning to buy anything for dinner, since I already had something at home, but I happened to walk past the Marie Calendar's chicken pot pies and they looked so good and it's been ages since I had one, so I got it and it was the best dinner and now I wish I'd gotten more (except the freezer is jam-packed again and there's no room for them anyway).

2. I did a bunch of translating this evening. Feeling pretty good about that.

3. Work was hectic this morning, but I managed to come home pretty much on time.

4. Since I work weekends, I don't have that "yay Friday" feeling many people with more traditional work weeks have, but my weekend days are late days, and then I have Mondays off, so I do always feel a little bit "yay Friday" because it means I have three days in a row where I don't have to set my alarm.

5. Snuggly Molly.

torachan: brandon flowers of the killers with the text "some beautiful boy to save you" (some beautiful boy to save you)
1. I got out and did some errands today even though I really just wanted to stay home.

2. I got a ton of translating done. Very happy about that.

3. It's so windy tonight. I love it!

4. Chloe toes.

torachan: (musume no iede)
As a holiday/end of the year celebration, I'm going to be putting out as many chapters of various series as I (and any collaborators) can manage, and to start the month off, I've got another new chapter of Musume no Iede!



Title: Musume no Iede
Original Title: 娘の家出 (Musume no Iede)
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Jump X
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 4 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + muge
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: When Mayuko's mom announces she's getting remarried, Mayuko runs away to live with her dad and his boyfriend. This heartwarming slice-of-life series follows Mayuko and her family and friends as their stories interweave.

Chapter Summary: As with so many Shimura Takako series, the cast just keeps growing and growing, and this chapter focuses on Haruna, the older sister of last chapter's new charater, Miyu.



Chapter 12: Jenny's in a Bad Mood

And since that finishes off volume two, here's a full volume download for those who want it.
torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
1. I had to go to the other nearby Japanese markets today to do the monthly price comparison, which is a pain in the ass and I always feel really self-conscious and there's always a lot of traffic even though they are literally like each just a mile away, but I picked a good time to go today and it was actually not bad traffic and I was done pretty quickly.

2. Day off tomorrow! I did not sleep well last night, so I've been kind of dragging today and I'm really looking forward to being able to sleep in and relax.

3. Got a good head-start on all the stuff I want to translate for December tonight after work. Hopefully I'll be able to get a lot done tomorrow, too.

4. I love my kitties so much. :D



I also posted another video on tumblr tonight if you want to see Chloe play with the laser pointer.
torachan: john from homestuck looking shocked (john shocked)
1. Posted one more chapter of manga before the end of the month! (And now I really need to get cracking on translating December's stuff because I want to have a bunch of bonus chapters for posting around the holidays.)

2. I was really dreading having to have a talk with an employee today, because I hate confrontation, but I did it and it's over now.

3. I had ramen for dinner. It was perfect for a cold night.

4. I've been playing with the laser pointer every night with Chloe while Carla's gone, and I always sit at Carla's desk chair to do it because that is the best spot to be able to shine it in both the hall and the computer room, and it's gotten to the point now where Chloe knows what's coming as soon as I sit down there. Tonight I sat down in the chair and she got into pouncing pose right away with her butt poised and ready to wiggle!

Sadly I do not have a picture of that, but I do have another cute picture of her from tonight, in a calmer moment.

torachan: sei and rin from yasha (yasha)


Title: Yasha
Author: Yoshida Akimi
Publisher: Flower Comics
Genre: Shoujo
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Molly
Status in Japan: 12 volumes, complete
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Twelve-year-old Sei lives a normal, quiet life on a small island in Okinawa until one day a strange man who seems to know his mother shows up and tries to kidnap him. After that, nothing is normal or quiet in this sci-fi thriller from the author of Banana Fish.

Chapter Summary: Sei prepares to pay the Amamiyas a visit.


Chapter 50
torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
1. I definitely feel a lot better today. Not only does it seem like I've shaken off whatever bug was going around, but my right eyelid, which has been sore for some unknown reason for the past few days, seems to be back to normal.

2. Despite sleeping in until 11:30 this morning (which I really needed), I feel like I got a lot done today. Some cleaning, some translating, and even posted another chapter of manga.

3. Look at this Molly! Does she look like she's thinking "yeah, I know I'm a cutie" or what?

torachan: (koi-iji)


Title: Koi-iji: Love Glutton
Original Title: こいいじ (Koiiji)
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Kiss
Genre: Josei
Status in Japan: 4 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: 31-year-old Mame has been in love with her childhood friend Souta ever since she can remember. Despite multiple rejections, her love has stayed constant. It's become a habit more than anything, but is it one she'll ever be able to break and get on with her life?

Chapter Summary: Kawada-san joins Mame for a New Year's Eve countdown...at Souta's cafe.



Chapter 11: Falling in Love
torachan: palmon smiling (palmon)
1. I still wasn't feeling great today, so I just went in to work for a few hours again. I have tomorrow off, so I'm hoping I'll have shaken whatever this is off by Tuesday.

2. I'm so close to being done with Paper Mario Color Splash! This makes me sad, too, though. It's such a great game. ;_;

3. I've been making good use of my electric blanket the last few days. It makes sitting at my desk so cozy!

4. I guess I must not have pushed the front door all the way shut last night because it was really windy this morning and blew open, startling the kittens into alertness! (Luckily they paused long enough for me to get a picture.)

torachan: john from homestuck looking shocked (john shocked)
1. I wasn't feeling great today, so I ended up just going in for a few hours. Thankfully there wasn't much that needed my urgent attention. I might do the same tomorrow if I can.

2. I finished translating another chapter of manga! I feel like I've been so productive lately.

3. My cats are killing me with cuteness! Such naughty cuteness!

Here's Chloe looking at the cards she's munched on:



And then I posted a video of Molly on tumblr being super cute and playing with her water dish. I gave them a little cardboard tube to play with and I thought she had accidentally gotten it in the water bowl and was trying to get it out, but then I watched her and twice she picked it up and put it back into the water bowl after she splashed it out! I don't know if she just liked the sound it made in the water or what. She made a huge mess, but was so cute about it...
torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
1. I posted more manga! And also got a bunch of translating done.

2. 100% chance of rain tomorrow! I hope it's a lot of rain and not just a tiny bit.

3. Since neither Molly nor Chloe like to be held, it's really hard to get a picture with them, but I got this picture of me and Molly tonight and I love it so much!

torachan: (shibito no koe wo kiku ga yoi)
I'm still looking for someone to clean and typeset this series with me. If you're interested, please let me know!



Title: You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead
Original Title: 死人との声をきくがよい (Shibito no Koe wo Kiku ga Yoi)
Author: Hiyodori Sachiko (Uguisu Sachiko)
Publisher: Champion Red Comics
Genre: Shounen
Status in Japan: 8 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + HotCakes
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Sickly Kishida Jun has the ability to see ghosts, but in his opinion, it's a stupid power and nothing good ever comes of it. Considering the number of grisly situations he seems to find himself in after the ghost of his childhood friend Hayakawa Ryoko starts following him around, he may have a point.

Chapter Summary: Weird things start happening at Kishida's house after a classmate stops by one day...



Chapter 5: The Classmate Who Was There But Not There
torachan: ryu from kimi ni todoke eating ramen (ramen)
1. I got the paid translation job done and out of the way.

2. I got quite a bit of manga translation done, too, including finishing a one-shot I'd been working on for months (it was only about fifty pages, but idk, I was just dragging my feet on it so much, plus always giving it low priority in order to focus on the monthly releases). It feels good to get that done!

3. I made pancakes for breakfast. :D

4. I went into the kitchen earlier this evening and found Molly just curled up on the counter.

torachan: (love buzz)


Title: Love Buzz
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Young King
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 3 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Heterophobia Fansubs
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Five years ago, pro wrestler Fuji Kaoru disappeared one day before a match. Now she shows up at her old gym out of the blue, with a five-year-old daughter in tow. But not everyone is willing to welcome her back with open arms.

Chapter Summary: The big match between Fuji and Machiya.



Chapter 6: Back in the Ring Part 2
torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
1. I made another batch of pumpkin chocolate chip muffins tonight. So tasty! And I already had everything I needed here, so no need to go to the store (which was one reason I made them; I wanted something desserty but didn't want to face the crowds and nothing at work was really sounding like what I wanted).

2. I have tomorrow off. The store is open, but Thursday is my usual day off and there are enough people working that there's no need for me to go in specially. I don't have any holiday plans, but am just looking forward to a relaxing day off.

3. I got another small paid translation job tonight. The deadline is Sunday night in my time zone, but it's short enough that I'm going to try and get all or most of it out of the way tomorrow.

4. I got another chapter of manga finished translating tonight. Hopefully some stuff will be ready to post soon. (Actually I might have something to post tomorrow.)

5. Kitties make every day better.

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